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for J.G. by Kenichi Tsunoda Big Band

For J.G is the Kenichi Tsunoda Big Band. Its name humbly sits in the corridors from those in the past, "for Jazz Giants" and gives a blasting ode to Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Frank Foster and Richard Rodgers. Japan's most famous Big Band has a terrifyingly HUGE sound, and is gigantic in retrospect. Their album title may suggest they are playing for the mere sound of themselves. "My Favorite Things" by Richard Rodgers (Sound of Music fame) comes too early in the album, but shows the band's steady distinct power, even in the midst of a slow paced song. Every sound is heightened here, no wonder many are still waiting for a Jazz giant soloist to make headway in the United States. The epitome of their sound comes in the climax of "for J.G." in the song of the same name. It is romantic, then enticing, then bolsters power with the horn section, all in an immense nearly ten minute song. "Night Train" gathers those inclined to swing and packs them in a ballroom, throwing each at a unique pace, to the five solos on the track. For J.G. is not only a tribute album. It should open some eyes to who are the future leaders of the Big Band sound.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Kenichi Tsunoda Big Band
  • CD Title: for J.G.
  • Genre: Big Band / Swing
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Sea Breeze Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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